MedlinePlus's section focusing on substance abuse is an important starting point for information about the different forms of substance abuse problems. This sections includes a medical encyclopedia and also links to a variety of outside resources with more detailed information. Some topics include alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioids, and more.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is worth visiting for comprehensive lists of commonly abused drugs/substances. Visitors can find information about drug effects, complications, health impact, usage patterns, and many other relevant issues. There is even audience-specific information for groups such as parents, families, and children.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) should be considered as a starting place for anyone interested in alcohol use and abuse. The materials provided here include information on alcohol consumption in general, its effects on specific populations, drinking patters, alcohol's effects on the body, support and treatment, and much more.
The American Chronic Pain Association provides videos and brief descriptions of conditions associated with chronic pain. There is also information about how to improve medical appointments as well as pain management techniques. This website is recommended for its advice and tools for improving pain management.
UpToDate is recommended as a physician-level health information and research. This section allows patients and caregivers to search, but not browse, the consumer health content for information available for free. Although topics here are covered in good depth, most of the more detailed information is only available to subscribers.
MedicineNet.com, like its owner WebMD, provides medical information, newsletters, and other services for general readers. Content is created by board-certified physicians, and is recommended to consumers for its in-depth, interactive collection of general health topics. But also like WebMd, this website has an abundance of advertisements and clutter which users must dig through to find helpful content.
The CDC's "Healthy Living" section contains a wealth of information about staying healthy, covering vaccinations, disease prevention, nutrition, and general safety measures. There is also information sorted by life stages such as infants, children, adolescents, and seniors. The site is highly recommended as a helpful source of information to help people optimize their health and wellbeing.
Theravive helps visitors locate a therapist, but the service is limited by its small number of therapist listings. There is also mental health information on common issues treated by therapists, kinds of therapy, and disorders described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5). We cannot recommend this website for consumers given its limited database of therapists.
CVS Health Information Center has an extensive range of information about general health and wellness, drugs, tests, procedures, and surgeries. There are also more than 150 in-depth articles about common medical problems. The site is recommended to anyone who wants understandable, accurate, and updated information about virtually any health topic.
Prescribe to Prevent provides medical professionals with resources and information to prevent drug overdose by increasing access to naloxone (Narcan) and lifesaving rescue kits. The site is primarily for prescribers and pharmacists, but the information and patient education brochues are also accessable to general readers. This website is recommended as an introduction to the opioid crisis and the important role of naloxone in resuscitating overdose victims.